Two years after it was signed in August 2014, no single Member State has ratified the SADC Employment and Labour Protocol as of today.
The SADC Employment & Labour Protocol was developed to serve as legal framework for the cooperation of SADC Member States on matters concerning employment and labour in line with Article 22 of the SADC Treaty which provides as follows:
“Member States shall conclude protocols as may be necessary in each area of cooperation, which shall spell out the objectives and scope of, and institutional mechanisms for cooperation and integration”
This Protocol was then finally endorsed by nine Member States during the SADC Heads of States Summit held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in August of 2014. These are: DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
However, for this Protocol to enter into force, it is required that at least 10 Member States representing two-thirds ratify it. Since then, no single Member State has ratified the Protocol.
It is against this that the SADC Ministers of Labour and Social Partners during their meeting on 12th May 2016, directed the SADC Secretariat with support of the ILO to conduct a study to establish the problems and challenges underlying the non-ratification of the Protocol and further explore ways how to promote its ratification by Member States.
SATUCC is still conducting its regional campaign on the ratification and implementation of the SADC Employment and Labour Protocol which was officially launched in July 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe. So far the campaign has also been launched at national level in three countries by SATUCC affiliates namely: Malawi (MCTU) , Zimbabwe (ZiCTU) and Mozambique (OTM-CS).
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